After decades of unity, the movement is divided on how to handle the issue.
In a House hearing on Capitol Hill this week, an Pro-Life rights advocate said ending a pregnancy isn’t an abortion when it involves a 10-year-old rape victim.
The comment stunned the Democratic lawmaker questioning her.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines abortion as a “medical intervention provided to individuals who need to end the medical condition of pregnancy.”
“Wait, it would not be an abortion?” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.
Catherine Glenn Foster, head of the Pro-Life group Americans United for Life, told Swalwell she didn’t think it was.
In a phone interview with Politico, James Bopp said the girl should have been forced to carry the pregnancy to term under model legislation he wrote last June as NRLC’s general counsel. That legislation is being used by states to adopt abortion restrictions.
After spending decades united in a quest to overturn Roe v. Wade, the conservative movement is facing tough questions about what it means to oppose abortion.
Should there be exemptions for rape and incest? Does the age of the victim matter? What does it mean to protect the “life of the mother”? How imminent should death be before a doctor can legally intervene?
Other questions: Should states enact laws preventing women from traveling out of state for abortions? Should they ban IUDs and the emergency contraceptives like Plan B?
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